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Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | July 2010 (USA)
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Damien Chazelle

Writer:

Damien Chazelle
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Palmer Jason Palmer ... Guy
Desiree Garcia ... Madeline
Sandha Khin Sandha Khin ... Elena
Frank Garvin Frank Garvin ... Frank
Andre Hayward Andre Hayward ... Andre
Alma Prelec Alma Prelec ... Alma
Bernard Chazelle Bernard Chazelle ... Paul
Eli Gerstenlauer Eli Gerstenlauer ... Eli
Keith Gross-Hill Keith Gross-Hill ... Keith
Willie Rodriguez Willie Rodriguez ... Willie
Elizabeth Tingue Elizabeth Tingue ... Sophie
Gonzalo Digenio Gonzalo Digenio ... John
Zerek Palmer Zerek Palmer ... Zerek
Karen Adelman Karen Adelman ... Karen
Beverly Palmer Beverly Palmer ... Guy's Mom
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Drama | Musical

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Debut feature film of director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, who also worked together on Whiplash (2014), La La Land (2016), and First Man (2018). See more »

Goofs

When Guy and Elena meet on the train, a recorded announcement says "Entering Charles/MGH, Mass. General Hospital," but they are on a Green Line train, which doesn't go to Charles station. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: La La Land (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Love in the Fall
Music by Daniel DiMaggio & Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Damien Chazelle
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Chazelle's debut brings together indie filmmaking and movie musical elements
20 October 2018 | by Movie_Muse_ReviewsSee all my reviews

Damien Chazelle's debut feels somewhere between a Jim Jarmusch indie and an Astaire-Roger musical. Here's a filmmaker with a deep love of the movie musical trying to make it work on a shoestring budget. The musical genre begs for rich production, so Chazelle tries to circumvent it with a nontraditional script; the central relationship is told in undefined fragments and almost exclusively in the less-sexy aftermath of their love. The musical elements are instead used as flourishes - sometimes daydreams, sometimes as breaks from the story. It's a mess, but one with its charms.

Chazelle's directorial strength is in detail shots and closeups that evoke a tenderness and the vulnerability of the characters. The film excels in these little character moments far more than it does in telling a complete story. Despite Chazelle's decision not to build the characters from the ground up, every so often he strikes a deeply familiar chord with just a few well-executed shots that it becomes possible to connect to Guy, Madeline and Elena's emotions.

The centerpiece of the film though is Justin Hurwitz's score, which feels timeless yet not overly cliche and predictable. The quality of the music, including what was presumably Jason Palmer's (Guy) own trumpet playing, puts the score in a class that the movie's visual quality can't keep up with to the point that you might assume Chazelle just purchased or borrowed professional music.

It's always nice to see how a now-esteemed director pulled together a project with minimal resources. Chazelle wanted to tell a love story that married jazz and musicals and he finds a way to do it, even if the finished project is rough around the edges and a little defiant of mainstream tastes.


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English | French

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July 2010 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,233, 7 November 2010

Gross USA:

$35,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,556
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1.37 : 1
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